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50 games for the free OS available right NOW!

A while ago, [url=http://www.gog.com/news/gogcom_soon_on_more_platforms]we've announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It's not about them, after all, it's about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

The first 50+ titles we've have in store for you come from all the corners of our DRM-Free catalog. Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. That's over twenty fan-favorite GOG.com classics, like &[url=http://www.gog.com/game/flatout_2]Flatout 2, , <a href="http://www.gog.com/game/darklands">Darklands, or Realms of the Haunting we've personally ushered one by one into the welcoming embrace of Linux gamers. That's already quite a nice chunk of our back-catalog, and you can expect more from our dedicated Linux team soon!

Now, for the recent titles. We've got some indie games with native Linux versions that finally find their well-deserved spot in our store. Among them, debuting on Linux, - a well received original comedic Sci-Fi puzzler. On top of that, be on the lookout for two new additions to the GOG.com catalog: [url=http://www.gog.com/game/gods_will_be_watching]Gods Will Be Watching (coming in a couple of hours) and Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build coming right up!), both of them very fresh and intriguing. This is the very first time we can provide you with all the PC versions of a premiere game, and we will continue to do so in the future. If there's a Linux version of a title we're releasing, our aim is to deliver it to you Day-1. But enough about us, let's talk about the games. Here's what you can be playing on Linux today:

Anomaly Warzone Earth
Ascendant
Bionic Dues
Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold - first time on Linux!
Blake Stone: Planet Strike - first time on Linux!
Bloodnet - first time on Linux!
Braveland
CLARC - first time on Linux!
Darklands - first time on Linux!
Darwinia
Defcon
Don't Starve + DLC
Dragonsphere - first time on Linux!
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
FlatOut - first time on Linux!
Flatout 2 - first time on Linux!
Fragile Allegiance - first time on Linux!
Gemini Rue
Gods Will Be Watching
Hammerwatch
Hocus Pocus - first time on Linux!
Kentucky Route Zero
The Last Federation
Legend of Grimrock
Litil Divil - first time on Linux!
Long Live the Queen
MouseCraft
Multiwinia
Normality - first time on Linux!
Pinball Gold Pack - first time on Linux!
Pinball World - first time on Linux!
Pirates! Gold Plus - first time on Linux!
Realms of the Haunting - first time on Linux!
Rex Nebular and the Cosmic Gender Bender - first time on Linux!
Rise of the Triad: Dark War - first time on Linux!
Shattered Haven
The Shivah HD
Sid Meier's Colonization - first time on Linux!
Sid Meier's Covert Action - first time on Linux!
Sir, You Are Being Hunted
Slipstream 5000 - first time on Linux!
Space Pirates and Zombies
Spacechem
Stargunner - first time on Linux!
SteamWorld Dig
Super Hexagon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Sword of the Samurai - first time on Linux!
Teslagrad
Unrest:Special Edition (Linux build on the way!)
Uplink
VVVVVV

As if this wasn't exciting enough, we've put more than half of these titles on a special promo! Head out to the promo page and find out which of them you can get up to 75% off until Tuesday, 9:59AM GMT. Of course, all of the games from the list above that you already own will be updated with Linux versions with no additional cost for you, just as you might have expected from GOG.com.

"OK, but how will Linux support actually work on GOG.com" - you might ask. For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions. Helpful and responsive customer support has always been an important part of the GOG.com gaming experience. We wouldn't have it any other way when it comes to Linux, and starting today our helpdesk offers support for our official Linux releases on Ubuntu and Mint systems.

Diversity and freedom of choice have always been an important part of the GOG.com way. We're very glad that we could improve our service with the addition of the free (and DRM-Free) alternative to the commercial operating systems. Talking with gamers is just as important, so we're counting on your feedback! If you've got any questions, suggestions, or run into any trouble, just tell us in the forum thread below this post. Just please be gentle, this is [url=http://youtu.be/qBxbPts5tOk" target="_blank]our very first time[/url] with Linux. Happy launch day, everyone!
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JudasIscariot: We did announce it on our Facebook page (you can check on our announcements there without having to log in or have an account :) )
I prefer not to tempt fate by relying too heavily on my forest of privacy protection extensions, so I never load Facebook URLs, account or not.

(In fact, I've used tools like NoScript's Application Boundaries Enforcer to blacklist requests to Facebook URLs no matter where on the web they show up)
Post edited August 05, 2014 by ssokolow
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JudasIscariot: We did announce it on our Facebook page (you can check on our announcements there without having to log in or have an account :) )
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ssokolow: I prefer not to tempt fate by relying too heavily on my forest of privacy protection extensions, so I never load Facebook URLs, account or not.

(In fact, I've used tools like NoScript's Application Boundaries Enforcer to blacklist requests to Facebook URLs no matter where on the web they show up)
It's amazing how easy it is to google you just on your publicly available user name. Your site with your picture, your place of residence, etc. etc. is the first result in a google search of "ssokolow".

Just wanted to point that out.
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JudasIscariot: We're working on getting as many native Linux version as possible but it takes time :)
Since has [url=http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/hellraid-action-rpg-could-see-a-linux-version-after-launch.3351]a chance of coming to Linux, and since it is done by Polish developer Techland, is there a possibility of some Polish magic happening between GOG and Techland in the not too distant future?
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JudasIscariot: We're working on getting as many native Linux version as possible but it takes time :)
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Future_Suture: Since has [url=http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/hellraid-action-rpg-could-see-a-linux-version-after-launch.3351]a chance of coming to Linux, and since it is done by Polish developer Techland, is there a possibility of some Polish magic happening between GOG and Techland in the not too distant future?
I am not sure as that's way over my head :)
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Future_Suture: Since has [url=http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/hellraid-action-rpg-could-see-a-linux-version-after-launch.3351]a chance of coming to Linux, and since it is done by Polish developer Techland, is there a possibility of some Polish magic happening between GOG and Techland in the not too distant future?
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JudasIscariot: I am not sure as that's way over my head :)
Would you kindly refer this to someone who would deem this at approximately the same level that their head sits at? There is money to be made!
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JudasIscariot: I am not sure as that's way over my head :)
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Future_Suture: Would you kindly refer this to someone who would deem this at approximately the same level that their head sits at? There is money to be made!
Chances are they already know about Techland and other things concerning them so my referral would be moot at this point :)
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ssokolow: I prefer not to tempt fate by relying too heavily on my forest of privacy protection extensions, so I never load Facebook URLs, account or not.

(In fact, I've used tools like NoScript's Application Boundaries Enforcer to blacklist requests to Facebook URLs no matter where on the web they show up)
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DAlancole: It's amazing how easy it is to google you just on your publicly available user name. Your site with your picture, your place of residence, etc. etc. is the first result in a google search of "ssokolow".

Just wanted to point that out.
^^

Owned.
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DAlancole: It's amazing how easy it is to google you just on your publicly available user name. Your site with your picture, your place of residence, etc. etc. is the first result in a google search of "ssokolow".

Just wanted to point that out.
First, I seriously doubt you'll find any publicly available information on my location more detailed than "Ontario, Canada".

(IP address geolocation won't help. Depending on the whims of Bell Canada, it'll return either their Toronto or Montreal DSL-to-Backbone bridging points... those are the two biggest cities in eastern Canada and the only thing to be gained from that knowledge is that I'm probably in Ontario.)

Second, what you found is what I want people to find when considering me for work.

I made a conscious decision to release that information. (In fact, until maybe a year or two ago, when I decided it would help make me appeal to potential employers, there was no way to find any picture of me by searching "ssokolow")

Third, a big part of my goal is to make sure I'm not part of "the low-hanging fruit". Sure, there's plenty of information out there about me, but I work hard to control what parts of it can be pieced together automatically rather than by paying a flesh-and-blood human to do the work.

That's one reason I blacklist Facebook URLs. They try to hard to exploit things like their Like buttons to set and inspect cross-domain tracking cookies and I'd rather have defense in depth against -like mechanisms and [url=https://panopticlick.eff.org/]browser fingerprinting.
Post edited August 06, 2014 by ssokolow
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CatShannon: Owned.
Not exactly. See above.
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CatShannon: Owned.
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ssokolow: Not exactly. See above.
Whatever, dude.

If you think you control whatever information about you floats through the net and feel comfy about using one service but blocking the other for privacy reasons, that's cool. I still find it very funny, all the big talk about privacy and at the same time being so easily traceable in the net.

So, yeah, still owned. ^^

I agree with you in so far though that it is a very bad habit of companies to publish (important) announcements via Facebook.
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ssokolow: Not exactly. See above.
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CatShannon: Whatever, dude.

If you think you control whatever information about you floats through the net and feel comfy about using one service but blocking the other for privacy reasons, that's cool. I still find it very funny, all the big talk about privacy and at the same time being so easily traceable in the net.

So, yeah, still owned. ^^

I agree with you in so far though that it is a very bad habit of companies to publish (important) announcements via Facebook.
It's not about having perfect control over what's known about me, it's about making sure that it's only cost-effective for any given company to assemble a small piece of the picture when I'm just another face among millions.

Facebook isn't the only company whose Like/Share/+1/etc. buttons I block, it's just the worst case of combining a giant market share with continued shameless efforts to follow spyware's "use dense legalese and confusing UIs to trick people into granting permission" example.
Post edited August 07, 2014 by ssokolow
The wait for Galaxy for Linux and all those games on GOG that already have Linux clients elsewhere is driving me nuts. I need to do some buying and gifting once all the stuff I seek becomes available.
Thank you GoG!
Is there a way to obtain a sacred knowledge which games that have native Linux support are scheduled to appear, which may appear and which definitely won't appear on GOG? I mean it would kinda suck if I buy a Steam version just because there aren't native Linux client on GOG and several day after the Linux version of the game will appear on GOG.
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heliar: Is there a way to obtain a sacred knowledge which games that have native Linux support are scheduled to appear, which may appear and which definitely won't appear on GOG? I mean it would kinda suck if I buy a Steam version just because there aren't native Linux client on GOG and several day after the Linux version of the game will appear on GOG.
The best thing to do is ask the publisher/devels themselves if their game is coming to GOG.